Interior with an Easel, Bredgade 25
Hammersh°i is renowned for his meditative interior scenes, and this depiction of his apartment and studio at Bredgade 25 in Copenhagen is among the most imposing and mesmerizing of these. Sparsely furnished, the interior features only an artist's easel, a small side table visible through a half-open doorway, and a gilt-framed engraving hung high on the wall. Unseen windows cast large, geometric patches of cool sunlight on the walls and floors. The predominantly gray palette is restricted and sober, adding to the mysterious impression of emptiness and silence. Meticulously arranged and animated by a shimmering weave of thin, textured brushstrokes, the painting was executed near the end of Hammersh°i's life when his international reputation was at its height.
Oil on canvas (1912)
by Vilhelm Hammersh°i (Danish, 1864-1916)
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